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Putnam, Henry 1832-1893 & Wife #2 Elizabeth Bulette Family


Posted By: Wilma J. Vande Berg - volunteer (email)
Date: 1/12/2023 at 13:46:19

Putnam, Henry 1832-1893 and Elizabeth Bulette Family

This biography was compiled by Wilma J. Vande Berg of the Greater Sioux County Genealogical Society and taken from various identified sources. The purpose was to find as much about the Henry Putnam family that was available from local sources. When family information is taken from various sources it is often found that the information varies from one source to another. Often birth places and dates are listed differently in various family reports. The information in this biography was stated as found in the source addressed.

A semblance of the life and times of Sioux County pioneers can be read about in several Sioux County books. “The Story of Sioux County” by Charles Dyk which gives a very colorful account of pioneer life with its joys and hardships. The book “Siouxland A History of Sioux County” by Nelson Nieuwenhuis gives great historical accounts of the area. The “1908 Sioux County Atlas” has historical accounts of the various townships of Sioux County. Also, the ‘Sioux County Iowa digital archives’ newspapers can be googled as such, and can be searched for pioneer's names that could lead to more items of interest in their daily life. The Centennial Book Hull, Iowa 1873-1973 has information on the history of Hull Iowa.

Research – From a family report on ancestry.com (done by others)
Henry Putnam / Pateraude was born 9 Apr 1832 St. Johns Montreal, Quebec, Canada and died 30 May 1893 Hull IA buried in St. Joseph’s cemetery Hull IA. His parents were Denys Pateraude 1805-1885 and Jovite Dufaux 1799-1840. He married Rosa King 1831-1864 died Clayton Iowa married on 14 Sep 1850 Burlington Vermont. Children were – Julia 1850, Horace 1851-1864, Brizzle 1853-1864, Cornelia 1858, Sarah 1860 and Edmond 1861-1924.
Henry Putnam then married Elizabeth Bulette 1848-1905 on 30 Aug 1865 Praire Du Chien WI. Elizabeth's parents were Alexander Bulette 1812-1898 and Margrete Miner 1815-1885. Henry and Elizabeth had children Frank A. 1866-1868, Mary Louise 1867-1935, Joseph Aloysius 1870-1933, Marguerite 1872-1923, Adeline May 1873-1940, Alfred Alexander 1876, Luella Ann 1879-1918, Charles Sylvester 1881-1949 and Cecilia Bartella 1883-1973.

1860 CENSUS of Boardman, Clayton, Iowa, Henry Putnam, a farmer, age 38, born abt 1822 Vermont, his wife was Rose Putnam age 27 born abt 1833 Canada, Children listed were: Julia Putnam age 11 born abt 1849 Vermont, Horace Putnam age 8 born about 1852 Vermont, Dennis Putnam abe 8 born about 1852 Vermont, Brizzle (male) age 7 born about 1853 Vermont, Cornelia Putnam age 2 born about 1858 Iowa, Sarah Putnam age 6 mo. born 1859 Iowa.

1870 CENSUS of Highland, Clayton, Iowa Henry Putnam age 38 born about 1832 Canada, a farmer, wife Elizabeth Putnam born abt 1832 Canada, children listed were – Oris (Horace) 19 abt 1851 VT, Edmund born abt 1861 Iowa, and Julia age 3 abt 1867 Iowa.

1880 CENSUS of Wheeler, Lyon county Iowa Henry Putnam age 47 abt 1833 Canada, a farmer, wife Elizabeth age 33 born about 1847 New York, children Mary Putnam 12 born abt 1868 Iowa, Joseph age 9 born about 1871 Iowa, Margret Putnam age 8 born about 1872 Iowa, Addie Putnam age 6 born about 1874 Iowa, Alfred Putnam age 4 born about 1876 Iowa, and Ann Putnam age 11 mo born about 1879 Iowa.

Finding all the data for the children was quite difficult since they spread out.

CHILDREN of Henry Putnam and Rose King ( In 1850 Rose King was a servant age 19 born Can) Westford VT, in next listing was a Henry Patnode age 19 born abt 1831 a bricklayer Ce/Can) It was mentioned in Henry’s obituary that they lost four children in 1864 possibly an epidemic and Henry’s wife as also result there of.

1. Julia abt 1849-1850 She was 11 years in the 1860 census. born VT died young

2. Horace Putnam born Jun 1851 in VT died 1930 Sheldon, Iowa A family report that was on ancestry.com (submitted by others) Horace C. Putnam was born 12 Jun 1851 Vergennes Addison Vermont, and died 9 Mar 1930 Sheldon IA buried in St. Patrick’s Cemetery Sheldon. He was married to Mary Elizabeth Burke 1851-1932. Married 19 Apr 1872 or 1873 Clayton IA. Their children listed were Dennis 1875, Elizabeth 1877, George 1879, Mary 1881, Horace 1883, Peter 1885, Laura 1888, Julia 1890, Blanche 1893, Joseph 1894, Evelyn 1896, Julia 1900.
Obituary From the Alton Democrat, March 14, 1930: Sioux County Pioneer Dies Suddenly Sunday Horace Putnam, one of the early settlers of Sioux county, died suddenly of heart disease Sunday night, having just returned home from town. He lived in Sheldon. Mr. Putnam was born in Vermont in 1851, coming to Sioux county in February 1873 and homesteading a farm in Sheridan township, about midway between Hull and Boyden. He was a splendid, upright citizen. A number of years ago he moved to Sheldon to make his home. He was a considerable land owner at one time and still owned the original homestead and some other Sioux county land at the time of his death. Mr. Putnam had been worried all winter by a lawsuit brought against him for $5,000 damages as the result of an automobile accident. He had been to Primghar to testify in the action and upon his return home his son-in-law Michael Kane died, further straining his once strong constitution. He was notified shortly [afterward] that he had won the lawsuit. The pioneer is survived by his widow and nine children, one son, Dennis, having died about 15 years ago at his home at Dallas, S.D. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at Saint Patrick’s church, Sheldon. (The obituary includes a photograph.) A picture of Horace and his wife can be found on http://www.iagenweb.org/sioux/Atlas1908/P4S3/siouxco/Page_35.htm

3. Dennis Putnam born 12 Jun 1851 Westford, Chittenden, Vermont died 1864 Clayton Iowa

4. Brizzle Putnam 1853 Vermont died 1864 Clayton Iowa

5. Cornelia Putnam 1858 Iowa City Wright IA died young

6. Sarah Putnam born 1860, Iowa City Wright IA died young

7. Edmond Putnam born 16 Aug 1861 Elkader, Clayton, Iowa died 4 Nov 1924 Vermilion, Clay, SD From a family report on ancestry.com (submitted by others) Edmond Julius Putnam was born 16 Aug 1861 Elkader, Clayton, Iowa to Henry Putnam 1832-1893 and Rose Roy King 1833-1864. He married Teresa Krause 1857-1960 Their children were listed as Mary 1891, Anna 1898, Doris 1900, Charles 1903, Ernest died 1910, Albert died 1910, Henry died 1910, Edmond may have had a second wife Elsie Mae Brown 1896-1969, with children Edward 1915 and LuVerne 1918.

CHILDREN of Henry Putnam and Elizabeth Bulette:

8. Julia born abt 1867 Clayton, County Iowa (named in 1880 census as 3 years) Could be Mary as Mary was not named born in 1867) No further evidence of a child named Julia born the date found later.

9. Mary ‘May’ Putnam born Aug 1, 1867 died July 22, 1935 Wheeler, Lyon Co. Iowa Mrs. Richard Gronwold, Lyon County reporter of July 25, 1935
GEORGE—Special to the Reporter: Funeral services were held yesterday for Mrs. Mary Groenwold 69 years of age, pioneer school teacher in the town of George. Mrs. Groenwold died of heart failure after an Illness of some time. A short service was held yesterday morning at the Weiman home and the remains taken to Hull, where they were interred, after services at the Catholic church. Mrs. Groenwold 1863 is survived by two daughters, Cecelia, Mrs. John Weiman born Mar 1891, south of town, and Eunice Elizabeth Mrs. Albert Schlossin, she was born Sep 1896 Matlock IA. She had made her home with Mrs. Schlossin for a number of years. She was a highly respected lady and had a host of friends in George and vicinity

10. Joseph Aloysius Putnam born 15 Jun 1870 Elkader Iowa died 16 Oct 1933 Del Rapids SD , wife Ellen Agnes Nellie Weir 1873-1954, children James 1893-1946, Infant girl 1895-1895, Rufus 1899-1959, Joseph 1900-1986, Mary 1905, Vivian 1909-1988, Edward 1911-1986, Adelbert 1912-1915

11. Margaret A. born 15 Jan 1872 1872 Iowa died In 1905 Margaret A. was not married in mother’s obit. When searching for marriage record, found it but it was in two pieces not in next page sequence.
ERROR Court house record had half on one side and half on other side but didn’t match up to be all the same married – stated married 30 Apr 1910 Sioux County IA husband Pleun De Zeeuw born abt 1886. next page half of record was info on Margaret, they married Apr 30, 1910 Hull IA she was 38 and he 24??? Witnessed were Addie Wier and husband the was her sister her sister.
It was an error of the recorder, In the De Volksvriend of May 5, 1910 notice of the marriage of Margaret Putnam 38 to John Sullivan 47. A family record on ancestry, lists her death as 1925. John was born 1863 and died Sheldon 24 Oct 1939.From his obit -On April 13, 1910, he was married to Margaret Putnam of Hull, who passed away April 15, 1923. He is survived by two children, Lloyd of Pipestone, Minnesota, and Mary Sullivan, at home
From the Alton Democrat, April 21, 1923, Hull news: Mrs. John Sullivan died very suddenly Sunday evening at 8 o'clock. He death resulted from heart failure. She had not been in the best of health for a number of months and altho her condition was considered more or less serious, her sudden death was very unexpected. Funeral services were held at the Catholic church at 10 o'clock Wed. morning. She leaves of her family to mourn her loss her husband and two small children. From the Sioux County Index (Hull), April 20, 1923: Mrs. John Sullivan Dies Mrs. John Sullivan, one of the pioneers of this vicinity, passed away at her home here in Hull last Sunday evening, April 15th. The funeral was held Wednesday morning at 10:30 from the home and from the Catholic church of which she had been a devout member from childhood. Marguerite A. Putnam was born September 15th, 1871 and was therefore 51 years and 7 months old. She is survived by her husband, John Sullivan and two children, Lloyd and Mary. 

12. Adeline Allie A. born Aug 4, 1873 Hull IA died 19 Jan 1940 Hull Iowa. Mrs. Ed C. Weir See obit in Jan 26, 1940 Alton Democrat. Hull Index of Jan 26, 1940 Mrs. Ed C. Weir 66 Buried here Monday
Died Saturday Morning from Cerebral Abscess, was a life Long Resident of Community.
Mrs. Ed C. Weir a life long resident of Hull, passed away at her home at eight o’clock Friday morning, Jan 19th, following a ten weeks illness, a cerebral abscess being the cause of her death. Her condition was first considered serious the first of December and the family was called to her bedside; she rallied and it was hoped that she might recover, and the Holidays in the family home will always be a sweet memory. To her loved ones. Adelina Putnam, daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Putnam, was born on the homestead in Sioux County, North east of Hull, on August 4, 1873, and passed away at the age of 66 years 5 months and 13 days. She received her schooling in the Sheldon public school and made her home with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. A. Bulelte, and her aunt, Mrs. Angeline Donovan, during those years. Later she attended the Hull Academy and taught school for three years. She was married Oct 2, 1894 to Edward C. Weir, at St. Joseph’s Church in Hull, where they have since resided. Four children were born to this union who, with the husband, survive. They are Eva, who is associate professor of English in the University of Idaho, Southern Branch at Pocatello Idaho; Mary Mrs. Fred Banks of Primghar: Loretta mathematics instructor in the Franklin Junior high school at Pocatella Idaho; and Edward Jr. principal of the Moville IA high school. The children with the exception of Miss Loretta were present at the funeral. She is also survived by one sister, Cecelia (Mrs. Frank Plowman) of Spring Point Alberta Can. one brother Charles Putnam of Long Beach CA, both unable to be present at the funeral and five grandchildren; Addie, Lon, Gail, Billie, Ann and Carolyn Banks. Her parents, three sisters and four brothers preceded her in death.

13. Alfred Putnam born 13 Nov 1876 Iowa died 5 May 1938 Sioux City Iowa Married 14 Feb 1904 sioux county IA to Olive Bell Tamplin 1877-1920 Then married to Zena Warntjes. No children were listed in the family report on ancestry.com (submitted by others). In the 1910 census of Sioux City IA Alfred was 34 and Olive was 30 and they had no children.

14. Luella A. Putname born 30 Jun 1879 Hull Iowa died 6 Nov 1918 George, Iowa. Mrs. Adam Fie Marriage records lists Luella Ann Putnam born 1897 Hull, Iowa married 6 Feb 1901 Sioux county Iowa. A family report on ancestry.com (submitted by others) lists Adam J. Fie born A Apr 1867 Clayton, Iowa died 13 Nov 1951 George Lyon Co. IA They had children – Jerome Fie 1901-1969, Donald 1903-1971, Wallace 1904-1991, Harley 1905-1975, Fern 1908-1976, Velma 1910-1994, Ralph 1912-1996, Infant son 1914-1914, infant 1915-1915, infant 1917-1917

15. Cecilia B. Putnam born 9 Oct 1883 Elkater Clayton, Iowa, She was addressed as Mrs. Frank Plowman of Spring Point Can in mother’s obit. Marriage record lists Cecelia B. Putnam. Age 25 born abt 1883 Lyon Co. IA married 30 Feb 1908 Sioux County IA to Frank H. Plowman age 27 born abt 1881 Iowa. From a family report on ancestry.com (submitted by others) Frank Henry Plowman born 21 Aug 1881 Bolan, IA died Jan 1945 Lethridge Alberta Can. Cecilia Bartella Putnam was born 9 Oct 1883 Elkader Clayton Co. Iowa died 5 Jul 1973 Fort Macleod, Alberta Can. They had three children - Francis 1914 1944, Lawrence 1918-2010, Hazel 1921-2002.

16. Charles S. Putnam of San Diego in mother’s obit. CA death Index lists Charles Sylvester Putname born 12 Nov 1881 Iowa died 14 Jan 1949 Los Angeles CA Marriage record lists Chas Sylvester Putnam born 1881 Hull, Iowa married 16 Jul 1902 Sioux County IA to Caroline Eleanor Reynolds born 1883, they had two children – Reynolds A. Putnam 1901 and Margaret A. Putnam 1906.

OBITUARY of Putnam, Henry 1830-1893 Source - Iowa Index of Hull IA Jun 9th 1893
Soldier at Rest - At 5 O’clock p.m. May 30th Comrade Henry Putman (Putnam) struck his tent on the shores of time and crossed the mystic river of death, bevonae on Fames eternal camping ground, there to meet lived ones and friends who have gone before.
Henry Putman (Putnam) was born at or near St. John’s Province of Quebec, Canada, April 9th 1830. While yet a young man he came to the USA and settled in the state of Vermont, then was married to Miss Rose King, removing back to his Canadian home for a short time before coming west with his wife and settling in M(W)innebago, Co. Il. A year of two before the war he removed to Clayton County Iowa, where death claimed four of their children in the short space of four weeks and which was really the cause of his beloved wife’s death which occurred in 1864.
February 18th 1865 he enlisted in Co. E. 9(?) Iowa infantry and was sent with to others to join his regiment at Savana, South Carolina going with General Sherman up through the Carolinas around to Washington D. C. and took part in that grand (word?) parade or review with the army of the Potomac and Cumberland. From here his army corps went to Louisville Kentucky, where he was discharged the 18th day of July 1865.
After returning home he met and married Mrs. Elizabeth Bulett and moved to Sioux County Iowa, where he opened a new farm and resided until the day of his death.
He had seven children by his first wife, two of which survive him. Horrace and Edward. Nine children blessed his second union of which eight of whom mourn with their two brothers and mother the loss of a loving father and affectionate husband.
His character was above reproach, honored and respected by all who knew him. He died as he lived in the triumphs of redeeming grace. He was reared in the Catholic religion and was a true and earnest member of that church, and his remains were to rest in the Catholic cemetery in Hull. Rev. Father Puelut? Celebrated mass before one of the largest congregations ever assembled in the church.
The deceased’s last request that his comrades attend his funeral was carried out by Cottrell Post to a letter. The floral offering of the Post in an emblem of his faith was the finest ever offered here, and as each May 30th comes, a cross and a crown with a flag will be found on his last resting place and emblem of patriots in (_____?) victory.

OBITUARY of Mrs. Elizabeth Putnam 1848-1905 Source - Hull Index Sep 8, 1905
An Old Settler gone - Mrs. Elizabeth Putnam Passes to the Great Beyond. During the dark hours, between Friday and Saturday, the death angel entered one of Hull's homes and took the spirit of Mrs. Elizabeth Putnam to the home beyond the skies, where in company of the spirit of her husband and other relatives gone before it will rest for eternity with the Lamb.
Mrs. Putnam was born in Lower Canada, Dec 10, 1848 and moved with her parents, two years later to the United States, coming to Iowa in 1858. On August 30 1865 she was untied in marriage to Mr. Henry Putnam, at Prairie du Chien WI and about 32 years ago moved to Sioux County, where she has since resided. Mr. Putnam passed to his rest some twelve years since. Her maiden name was Elizabeth Bulette.
Mrs. Putnam has suffered for some years, but not until a few months ago was her ailment considered serious.
The deceased leaves the following sons and daughters to mourn her departure; Mrs. May Gornwold of Hull, J. A. of George, Margurite A., Mrs. Addie Weir, Allie A. Mrs. Luella A. Fie and Cecella B. all of Hull and Charles B. of Salem, Oregon. She also leaves one brother Austin and one sister Mrs. Angie Donovan of Sheldon.
Mrs. Putnam was a true Christian of the Catholic faith and was buried from S. Joseph's church in this city, Rev. Father Twobig saying the last sad rites The funeral was a large one on account of the popularity of the deceased. The index joins the friend of the bereaved family in expressing sincere sympathy in their sad hour.
An obituary in the Rock Valley Bee, September 8, 1905, gives the following additional information:
About a year ago the deceased was injured in a railway wreck at Rock Valley. From these injuries she never recovered. This obit says she was born on December 2, 1848; married Henry Putnam at Elkader, Iowa; and spells the names of several of her children differently.

OBITUARY of Alexander Bulette 1812-1898 father of Elizabeth Mrs. Henry Putnam.
From the Alton Democrat of May 7, 1898
Mr. Alexander Buellette (Bulette) died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. E Putnam in this city Monday morning, after a lingering illness of many months. The deceased was eighty six years of age. He leaves one son and two daughters. The funeral services were held here Tuesday Rev. J. Phelan officiating. The remains were then taken to Sheldon for interment.
(From an account found on Ancestry.com Alexander Bulette b. abt 1812 Montreal Can died abt May 1, 1898 Hull IA. He wife was Margrete Miner. Elizabeth Bulette Putnam was his daughter referenced in the death notice. They had several other children Mary 1841-1893, Alex 1842, Autine 1845, Adeline 1850 and Angelina 1852-1941.
Elizabeth was the second wife of Henry Putnam (Patenaude) 1832-1893 died at Hull buried St. Joe’s cem. They had about nine children.

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